Maybe it’s the Mike Cavanaugh effect.
Nebraska became the 15th FBS school to make a football scholarship offer to Mililani junior Vavae Malepeai recently. The Cornhuskers have Cavanaugh, the former UH offensive line coach on staff, and Nebraska was represented recently by Cavanaugh and other staffers during a tour of the islands.
The ‘Huskers also have offers to Kaiser offensive lineman Michael Eletise and Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Malepeai, a 6-foot, 200-pound running back, was a Star-Advertiser first-team all-state selection last fall. He now has 15 offers in all.
Doug Kimmel of Scout.com posted the news on Twitter. Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance also shared the news on its Facebook page.
As a junior, Malepeai rushed for 1,244 yards and 23 touchdowns on 220 carries.
His updated offer list: Colorado, Washington, Cal, Hawaii, Utah State, Washington State, Nevada, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Stanford, Tulsa, UCLA, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Nebraska.
Apr. 10, 2015 – Malepeai, Pritchard invited to Blue-Grey game
Mar. 26, 2015 – Ole Miss makes it 13 offers for Malepeai
Mar. 24, 2015 – Malepeai thrilled with UCLA offer (UCLA Rivals)
Mar. 23, 2015 – Malepeai gets offer from UCLA
Mar. 20, 2015 – Vavae Malepeai is blowing up! Last two offers are from #Stanford & #Tulsa: (Doug Kimmel on Twitter)
Mar. 18, 2015 – New Offer: Vavae Malepeai (Michigan Rivals)
Mar. 16, 2015 – 3-star Hawaii RB ‘shocked’ by Vanderbilt offer (Vanderbilt Rivals)
Mar. 15, 2015 – Malepeai gets offer from Vanderbilt
Mar. 4, 2015 – Nevada makes offer to Mililani’s Malepeai
Feb. 21, 2015 – Wazzu offers Malepeai a scholarship
Feb. 20, 2015 – Utah State makes offer to Mililani’s Malepeai
Feb. 16, 2015 – 2016 UW Football Recruiting: The Rest of the West (UW Dawg Pound)
Feb. 13, 2015 – Cal RB offeree Vavae Malepeai (Cal Rivals on Twitter)
Oct. 1, 2014 – VIDEO: Mil-Far post game, RB Vavae Malepeai
Aug. 30, 2014 – VIDEO: Mililani RB Vavae Malepeai